With International Women’s Day just around the corner, we wanted to take a moment to celebrate some of the incredible women behind our famous blue scrubs! From technicians, to managers, franchisees and head office staff – there are a host of talented and strong women who make our business tick and who inspire us every day with their passions for their clients and results-driven skincare. We interviewed just a few of those women about their career and life journey in celebration of International Women’s Day 2020.
What role do you think skincare can play in making women feel confident, powerful and empowered?
Renee (Clinic Manager, ASC Robina): When women feel good about themselves… that’s when the real magic happens! Every day we communicate with women of all ages. Some with complex pasts and stories tell, some closed books and others young and carefree. I love that we can be a part of their skincare journey, which in turn allows them to feel better. It’s empowering when somebody thanks you, or your staff, for making them feel better.
Natasha (ASC National Operations Manager): If you want to be a hairless dolphin like me, when then so be it – if not, then no biggie! This brand really allows you to be whatever you would like to be. We are in the aesthetic world, so at times it can appear superficial, but our teams on the ground are so much more than that. We are a company of smart, kind and caring women (and men) who want to make everyone feel their best- whatever that means to them.
How do you aim to inspire and encourage other women within your career and personal life?
Wallis (Clinic Manager, ASC Northlakes): I really enjoy mentoring supporting and working collaboratively with the people in my life by being positive and leading by example. I have three children (one son and two daughters) and if they ever feel like giving up I always remind them: You have got this! No matter the situation take a breath, assess, develop the plan and we will get through it! This is the same motto I have used in my life to get me to where I am today. I love a challenge!
Georgia (Franchisee, ASC Newmarket): I always strive to do my absolute best in everything, always putting in 100% effort to make sure I make myself and my family proud. I have always admired women and men who give their all to everything they do. So, when it comes to empowering others, I don’t directly try to ’empower’ others, I just try my very best at everything I put my mind to and as a by-product, I think that empowers those around me.
Can you tell us a little bit about the importance of having strong women in your life?
Kathleen (ASC Business Development Manager): Behind every successful woman, is a tribe of other successful women who have her back. I truly believe that empowered women, empower other women. I have had so many supportive role models, colleagues and mentors who have coached me and led me to be in the position I am in today. With so much growth in my career so far, I couldn’t be prouder or appreciate of where I am today and it’s all due to the many other empowering women in my life, past and present.
Ashy (Clinic Manager, ASC Emporium): I have been blessed to have some of the strongest, most beautiful women in my life. I am forever grateful to have a mother who is the strongest person I know and has influenced my values in life. I have also been fortunate enough to work among so many strong women in this industry and being around them has inspired me greatly in both my career and personal life.
What do you love most about working in the skincare industry?
Barbara (Clinic Manager, ASC Bulimba): I love my job because as manager I get to encourage a bunch of amazing girls every day. I get to be around women that inspire me to be better. Some of my clients really open up and chat to me about some really big things in their lives and I love that they feel they are in a safe environment to speak to me. I love knowing that I am in a job that brings out the best in me every day.
Zoe (Franchisee, ASC Warringah): I love our team and I love our clients! Coming to work every day to make people feel better about themselves makes me feel so lucky. I loved Australian Skin Clinics from the beginning – the brand stands for quality and amazing results in every aspect of what we do, delivered in an approachable and friendly manner and that really resonates with me.
If you could say one thing to inspire others this International Women’s Day, what would it be?
Renee: Trust in your purpose and be a good human.
Natasha: The power lies within you!
Wallis: Accept the challenge! Be open to the possibilities in life and don’t forget to run your own race.
Georgia: Take on every opportunity and always be kind to others.
Kathleen: Believe in yourself, strive to do your best always and know that you ARE enough!
Ashy: Always remind yourself that you are loved, and you can overcome any obstacle the universe throws your way.
Barbara: You never know unless you try! Every change is a new chapter, embrace it and if nothing else, learn from it.
Zoe: Don’t be afraid to try, keep believing in yourself, work hard, listen to advice and most importantly, be kind!